RVB/Blue Ox Survey: China Threatens U.S. Jobs
We figured that a majority of the respondents in the latest RVBusiness/Blue Ox survey might take a negative stance on the industry’s involvement in the Chinese marketplace – both as an import source for countless North American firms and as an export target for scores of U.S. and Canadian firms.
But we didn’t realize that the verdict would be so decisive in the responses to the latest question posed in our ongoing survey sponsored by Blue Ox, a leading supplier of towing and hitching products based in Pender, Neb., and administered by RV Business and RVBUSINESS.com. The question (“Are you comfortable with the recent globalization of the RV industry with regard specifically to the Chinese marketplace?”) drew these lopsided results when all was said and done:
• 63.5% said, “No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart.”
• 23.4% said, “Yes and no, I recognize the opportunity, but worry about the pitfalls.”
• 13.1% said, “Yes, I’m comfortable. Like it or not, it’s the way of the future.”
Here are some of the comments we received:
Chinese are out to get us!
Look at MVP. Need I say more?
No U.S. company can compete with a slave labor market.
The Chinese have screwed the U.S. every chance they get.
The Chinese standards are nowhere near the American standards.
Just another outsourcing of good paying American jobs in the heart of the country.
The Chinese are excellent trading partners and have a vested interest in our future success.
No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart. The RV manufacturers will not be able to compete with the Chinese from a cost basis. China does not burden its manufacturing with regulations like we have here in the USA. Make an RV in China and send it to the USA. It would never survive the trip.
No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart. THE PRESENT CHINESE CULTURE DOES NOT HAVE A PLACE FOR RVing! THEY ARE NOT DEVELOPED ENOUGH FOR THAT. HOWEVER THEY WANT TO PENETRATE OUR MARKET TO EXTRACT HUGE PROFITS FOR THEIR SYSTEM. — SALVADOR SANLLEY, APM, MIAMI, FLORIDA
Our country is already too beholden to the Chinese. We have, as a country, given them the opening to import items to us that have caused U.S. businesses to close because they could not compete and they own enough of our debt to already cause us plenty of grief.
Yes, I’m comfortable. When the Internet came into our industry the focus shifted from concern of local market share to volume. The attitude now is the world is the market place and advantages come to those who embrace the new principles. Most manufacturers have eagerly accepted this model and supported it with their business practices that favor the world market philosophy. Why, then, should we be concerned when foreign manufactures want to come into the marketplace? It would seem that it would be in the best interest of the dealers to have the best product at the lowest price.
Yes and no, I recognize the opportunity, but worry about the pitfalls. Just came back from Southeast Asia and the cost of living is so low there that North America will never be able to compete in their market. — Peach Grove Investments
No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart. Just look at the home furnishings industry. Our government recently lifted duties on 100 Chinese furniture factories further killing American competition… what would make you think that can’t happen to American RV manufacturers. This is very clear. — Don Frail Associates
No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart. The Chinese are known for being copycats. Why waste time and money on R&D when they can just buy or invest in the company and learn all of the RV industry’s trade secrets and innovations. The handwriting is on the wall, look what happened to MVP. – Mario Padilla
No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart. China wants to own the world in my opinion, and at the rate we are going they will.
No, because I don’t feel the Chinese have our best interests at heart. If we don’t watch out they will take over the entire industry. The Chinese have taken away enough of our American jobs already, that’s the biggest reason we have so much unemployment. We should limit the number of Chinese imports to a very small amount so our American workers can get back to work. – James Morse
Look for a special new RVB/Blue Ox survey question in your email – and on RVBUSINESS.com – real soon.